DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- John Bloom, who studied with Grant Wood and became known in the Midwest for his paintings of farm scenes, died at his home Tuesday. He was 96.Early in his career, Bloom's work caught the eye of Wood, who invited Bloom to work with him at his study in Stone City, near Anamosa.During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Bloom worked with Wood on several mural projects, and later received commissions to do similar work in post offices in DeWitt and Tipton.It was then that Bloom met Isabel Scherer, who also lived in Woods' artists' colony. Scherer and Bloom married in 1938.Isabel Bloom became a noted artist whose popular sculptures of chubby cherubs, children, birds and animals made her a recognized name in the Midwest. She died at 93 on May 1, 2001.The couple, married for 63 years, collaborated on a children's book titled ``The Story of Little Cat.'' Isabel wrote the text, and John did the illustrations.They had three sons. Jerry of Davenport and Tom of Oxford survive. Charles preceded his parents in death.John Bloom, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, also did interior decorating and painted numerous houses in his native DeWitt.Drawing animals in pen and ink remained a favorite medium and his work has been featured in one-man shows in the Quad Cities. Several pieces are in the permanent collection of the Davenport Museum of Art.Funeral arrangements are pending at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home in Davenport. Visitation is scheduled for Friday.
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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.